By Mark Kaelin
XP Folder Options - View
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
I was disappointed that windows 7 doesn't provide thumnails. I searched the Internet and came up with a codec pack that you can load to fix it. Its $14.95. but it fixes the problem and adds other functionality as well. http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/ It works with windows 7 64 bit too. Microsoft should have fixed this in win7. but this workaround solved it for me. I don't have a month to figure out a free method, if one exists.
I used to see a miniature image of a file in thumbnails (or sldide show) Now all I see is a generic icon (from Nero, I believe) How can I restore my images PLEASE. I have tried all the 'usual' fixes of associations and thumbnail cache unchecking. None work
There is a blatant ERROR in the article, namely: if you check "Do Not Cache Thumbnails" it just means they will not be stored on your hard drive, but they will still be created each time you open an image folder for which thumbs are supported, although without creating "thumbs.db" permanent system file storage headaches.
Mark - If you ever come back and read these posts, HELP! Ever since I did the required upgrade to XP SP3, my thumbnails have been turned off. I'd looked high and low before finding this from you, and it helped for SOME files - .pdf, .mpg, .mov and .wmv siles. That got me halfway there, but not all the way. Windows Explorer still does not display .jpg, .gif or .tif files. I also don't see .bmp files, but can't recall if they ever displayed, anyway. I have thousands of these and not having the thumbnails is a HUGE handicap in finding image files. Is there something else I can do?
A tiny utility in VuePrint called VueIcons will make the majority of image files display thumbnails irrespective of the 'view' chosen. The worst you can do is try it - I've been using it for years on many flavours of Windows and it works great. http://www.hamrick.com/upg.html
If this box is checked there will be no thumbnails, so if you want thumbnails you will want to check it huh!!!
It is certainly the case in Vista that the thumbnails for folders can be misleading. I notice this, in particular, for my camera's SD card. I put it in to get the pictures off it one day and the folder thumbnail shows a realistic view of what is in the folder. If I then move all the pictures out of that folder, but leave the folder on the card, next time I put it in the card reader the thumbnail is exactly the same as it was before, even though the folder does not contain the original images, but entirely different ones. Evidently the cache is not updated automatically, although I presume it is still possible to manually update it via the context sensitive menu (right click on the folder) as was the case in XP?